A former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance reacted to photos showing a missing Pablo Picasso painting in the living room of former first lady Imelda Marcos on Friday.
The PCGG has supposedly already seized the Femme Couche VI (Reclining Woman VI) painting in 2014, but it has recently resurfaced in images from the media staff of Marcos Jr.
Andres Bautista, Former Chief of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance, said that the Reclining Woman VI painting could fetch up to P8 billion if sold.
“I checked just now, the most important Picasso painting was sold at $155 million. So more or less, this painting was P8 billion. Now, of course, we don’t know the quality of this painting, but Pablo Picasso is a master of painting, and this is an important piece,” Bautista said.
Rappler news reported that Bautista said what PCGG seized in 2014 was a fake, as ‘it was a tarpaulin, so it’s still with them’.
Bautista added that Reclining Woman VI is not the only missing painting from the Marcoses and called on the PCGG to continue going after the Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth.
“I hope the new PCGG officials can look into this, and the Office of the Solicitor-General, let’s get this while there’s still time,” Bautista said.
Bautista called on the PCGG to seize the Picasso painting for the Filipinos.
“PGCC, the Picasso is back! Please seize it for the Filipino people while you still can,” Bautista said in a tweet.
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